In an enrapturing narration of an unlikely union between a male slave and the daughter of his master set against the antebellum South era backdrop, Marvin V. Blake unveils a fascinating and historical narrative in his latest book titled E. Pluribus Unum. This book delves into the lives of two people with contrasting lives that are inevitably intertwined. Marvin, through this book, explores love and the stoic nature of family bonds.
Pluribus Unum follows the compelling story of two individuals at opposite ends of the great divide of Southern antebellum society: Jason Ruth, a black slave, and Rebecca Billings, the daughter of Jason’s owner, Henry Billings, a highly privileged member of the Southern aristocracy. Jason and Rebecca are related by Henry’s lust for Jason’s mother. Henry was coupled with Jason’s mother, a practice that was common in the pro-slavery movement, which resulted in the birth of Mandy. Mandy is of mixed race. Jason and Rebecca share a deep, enduring, and soothing love for their sister, Mandy, who is the only link between them.
Marvin employs his excellent and poetic writing skills to paint the characters as authentic as possible, providing the readers with a window into what life was like in the antebellum era in the South. Through extensive research, the author brings to life what it was like to raise mixed blood in the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The novel also tells how freed black slaves adjusted to life as freedmen and the noble nomadic hunter-gatherer society of the Plains Indians, fighting to defend and maintain their way of life.
This engrossing novel also depicted how people from different social and cultural backgrounds tried to maintain their values and the consequences they endured as a result. Readers will be able to relate to the characters’ love and compassion. The shared bond between Jason and Rebecca transcends societal norms. Their shared familial bond with Mandy adds a layer to the intricate nature of their relationship as they strive to find common ground that transcends the color of their skin.
Pluribus Unum is a testament to the power of love that overcomes the social convention of skin color. This thought-provoking book bares the past for the readers to reflect on and have a good grasp of our shared history. This evocative book is available in electronic format to be purchased on Amazon.